Plume was founded in 1970 as the trade paperback imprint of New American Library. In its early history, Plume focused primarily on nonfiction titles, publishing approximately 35 titles per year. In the early 1980s, as trade paperbacks were rapidly becoming the format of choice among a large segment of book buyers, Plume began expanding its reach, and became recognized as one of the pre-eminent trade paperback imprints. The 1980’s saw Plume make its mark with a number of major bestsellers, including Toni Morrison’s Tar Baby, Erica Jong‘s Fanny, Russell Baker‘s Growing Up, and Gloria Steinem’s Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions, among others. Now, in 2014, Plume is publishing 85 to 100 titles a year, and its backlist currently encompasses approximately 700 titles.
Throughout its history, Plume has been dedicated to voices previously neglected by mainstream publishing. The pioneering program in multicultural literature, which began with Toni Morrison and Jamaica Kincaid, has expanded to include ground-breaking works by Latino, African-American, and Asian-American authors. Plume publishes such notable writers as Julia Alvarez, Bernice McFadden (Sugar), Gish Jen, and August Wilson (Fences), among many others. Plume was also a pioneer in gay publishing, with such classics as Edmund White‘s A Boy’s Own Story and Andrew Holleran’s Dancer from the Dance, which built the foundation for an exceptional gay and lesbian publishing program that is still going strong with Judy Shepard’s The Meaning of Matthew and Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s ground-breaking It Gets Better.
Plume’s acclaimed fiction list boasts many bestselling and prize-winning authors, including Dorothy Allison (Bastard out of Carolina), David Benioff (City of Thieves), Tracy Chevalier (including The Girl with the Pearl Earring and The Last Runaway), Jennifer Chiaverini (Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker), Lev Grossman (The Magicians, The Magician King and The Magician’s Land), Sarah Jio (Blackberry Winter, The Violets of March, Goodnight June), Joyce Carol Oates (We Were the Mulvaneys), Jonathan Tropper (This is Where I Leave You, One Last Thing Before I Go), and Jussi Adler-Olson’s Department Q Novels.
Bestselling, quality, narrative and prescriptive nonfiction is another area in which Plume takes special pride, publishing Eckert Tolle (A New Earth), Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight), Daniel Levitin (This is Your Brain on Music), Neil Young (Waging Heavy Peace), Damien Echols (Life After Death) and Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman (The Dude and the Zen Master).
Plume’s dynamic backlist is nothing if not diverse, including Ayn Rand (The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged), titles by the major twentieth-century writer and thinker, George Orwell (Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four), Stephen King (volumes 1-4 of The Dark Tower series) Anne Rice (writing as A.N. Roquelaure, The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy) and Pat Barker’s Booker Prize winning The Ghost Road (part of her Regeneration Trilogy).
With Todd Wilbur‘s Top Secret Recipes series, to Putting Food By and Total Juicing, the cookbook list offers both the traditional and the practical. The business and personal finance list is likewise a mix of the classic and the cutting-edge, featuring everything from Jason Kelly‘s Neatest Little Guide to Investing to John Perkins’ Confessions of an Economic Hit Man to Neffinger and Kohut’s Compelling People.
Plume’s bestselling diet and health category leads with Robert Lustig (Fat Chance) Gretchen Reynolds (The First 20 Minutes) Dr. David Burns (The Feeling Good Handbook) Dr. Andrew Weil (You Can’t Afford to Get Sick) and Mira Kirshenbaum (Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay).
While Plume publishes bestselling reprints in trade paperback, it also has a dynamic and bestselling original publishing program, with recent bestsellers in nonfiction as varied as James Wesley Rawles’s How to Survive the End of the World as We Know It, Cracked.com’s You Might Be a Zombie and Other Bad News and The De-Text Book, and Hugh Murphy’s T-Rex Trying, as well as Going Somewhere by Brian Benson and Jolie Kerr’s My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag…And Other Things You can’t Ask Martha.
Plume’s original fiction program is equally as varied and dynamic with fine novels by authors including Jason Porter (Why Are You So Sad?) and New York Times Bestsellers by Sarah Jio (The Violets of March, Blackberry Winter, Goodnight June) and Natasha Solomons (The House at Tyneford). Plume has also become the leader in the new publishing category of survival fiction, with recent original novels by G. Michael Hopf (The End, The Long Road and Sanctuary) and A. American (including Going Home, Surviving Home and Escaping Home).
Plume’s long-term commitment to writers and readers is stronger than ever. The publishing program continues to be vigorous and exciting—the best new trade paperback and eBooks in each of these categories will be added to Plume’s distinguished list.
David Rosenthal has been president and publisher of Blue Rider Press since starting the imprint in 2011. He served as publisher and executive vice-president of the Simon & Schuster imprint from 1997 until June 2010 and prior to that was publisher of Villard Books and an executive editor of the Random House imprint.
At Blue Rider Press, Rosenthal has published a broad range of bestselling and critically acclaimed books, including those by Neil Young, James Carville, Mike Tyson, Bill Maher, Elvis Costello, Mark Leibovich, George McGovern, Robert Baer, Jeff Bridges, R.A. Dickey, Stuart Scott, Patrick J. Kennedy, Lesley Stahl, Delia Ephron, Michael Hastings and Leanne Shapton. During his tenure at Simon & Schuster, he published books by numerous award-winning, New York Times bestselling authors, including David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bob Greene, Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clark, Chris Cleave, Richard Paul Evans, Bob Woodward, Ron Suskind, Jimmy Carter and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Amongst the many distinguished and bestselling authors personally acquired and/or edited by Mr. Rosenthal are Robert Harris, Martin Cruz Smith, Bob Dylan, Richard Ben Cramer, David Carr, James J. Cramer, Jeffery Deaver, Stephen Hunter, Ed McBain, Jon Krakauer, Richard Russo, Hunter S. Thompson, Bruce Wagner, James Lee Burke, Twyla Tharp, Bill McKibben, Carrie Fisher, Henry Beard, Nicholson Baker, Don Rickles, Bill Maher and Mary Matalin, Before entering book publishing, Mr. Rosenthal wrote for a variety of national magazines and worked as the managing editor of Rolling Stone and executive editor of New York magazine. He was also editorial consultant for WNET/13, developing cultural and political programming. Mr. Rosenthal began his career in media as a reporter and editor for the old New York Post. He is also proud of being the only trade publisher to both play the viola and to have worked in the morgue at New York City’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
Aileen Boyle has worked in a variety of book marketing, publicity and publishing positions for twenty years, including stints in the publicity departments of The Berkley Publishing Group, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster. She joined Blue Rider Press in 2011 and prior to that was vice president, associate publisher at Simon & Schuster, She has executed publicity, marketing and sales strategy for over 200 New York Times bestsellers, most notably for bestselling authors such as Jimmy Carter, Mary Higgins Clark, Hillary Clinton, Elvis Costello, Jim Cramer, Billy Graham, Arianna Huffington, Walter Isaacson, Patrick J. Kennedy, Wally Lamb, Mark Leibovich, David McCullough, Stuart Scott, Howard Stern, James B. Stewart, Bob Woodward and Neil Young.
Becky Cole came to Plume from Broadway Books. At Plume, Becky’s list reflects her interest in an eclectic variety of nonfiction— including narrative, memoir, popular reference, humor, and practical nonfiction. Becky’s humor list includes Hugh Murphy’s scrappy little dinosaur, T-Rex Trying, the New York Times bestseller You Might Be A Zombie and Other Bad News from Cracked.com, and the popular parody Coloring For Grown-Ups by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen. Becky also published the (non-satirical) coloring books from the genius illustrator Kerby Rosanes’, Animorphia and Imagimorphia. As for narrative, Becky relishes finding stories of people forging their way through exceptional circumstances, including Jillian Lauren’s New York Times bestseller, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem, and Jessica Fechtor’s Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home. She is looking forward to introducing Americans to the secret to Danish happiness with Louisa Thomsen Brits’ The Book of Hygge, to publishing the paradigm shifting book on living with—and learning from–cancer from Sophie Sabbage, The Cancer Whisperer, and to editing Jen Waite’s chilling account of her husband’s affair and her suspicion that he might be a psychopath.
Kate Napolitano started her publishing career at Plume in 2009. She has since acquired and edited a broad range of fiction and non-fiction for the imprint, specializing in humor, pop culture, memoir, and narrative non-fiction. She is particularly interested in publishing books that examine emerging trends or share an unusual perspective on a well-trod topic, and finding new voices that explore hot-button cultural issues in accessible and entertaining ways. Her authors include New York Times bestselling humorist Mamrie Hart (You Deserve a Drink), webcomic artist Reza Farazmand (of the New York Times bestselling Poorly Drawn Lines), Tumblr blogger and leading millennial feminist voice Alida Nugent (You Don’t Have to Like Me), BuzzFeed columnist and celebrity gossip expert Anne Helen Petersen (Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman), comedian and celebrated WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson (of the New York Times bestselling You Can’t Touch My Hair) and musical artist and New York Times bestselling writer George Watsky (How to Ruin Everything).
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